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Lisa Newburger, a master's level social worker supervisor, helps audiences find humor in talking about tough topics. Her "in-your-face" style of presentations and writing will make you smile or just shock you into taking some action. Either way, she is very effective at empowering others to reach their goals and feel better about themselves. Her entertaining workshops are available for national and international audiences. Writing for the dental industry since 2010, she uses an alterego (Diana Directive) to illustrate her points in a sarcastic but effective way. Presentations can be scheduled by contacting Lisa at www.discussdirectives.com/dental.html.
Tips to change your practice from boring to fun.
How bored are you at work? Let’s get honest here. Is time dragging so slowly that watching the clock is a new habit? Do you wish you could have some fun with your colleagues and patients, but don’t quite know how to get there? Change comes from the top down. Your dentist is the one who needs to get the ball rolling.
Here it comes–the cynical dentist, “But Lisa, I don’t have time for something as ridiculous as having fun in the workplace. I have patients to see.” True, but your customers include your employees. Is your team working together? Don’t you think it is important to have a healthy workplace where employees enjoy their jobs? It makes sense that working someplace where you can laugh decreases turnover.
Maybe you aren’t ready for this reality check. Perhaps you want to continue doing the same old same old. But that just isn’t smart business. Look around at other industries. Companies have retreats, holiday parties and volunteering together. It builds a more cohesive team when you laugh together and can get away from the stressors of work.
Dentists, what can you do to change the culture in your office?
The key is to take a look at yourself and decide if you really want to make these changes. Everyone benefits if the work culture is healthy. Find the queen bee in your practice who can help you to make some changes. This is the person that is well respected and has status with your employees. Also, identify who the tyrant is in your practice, and do something about it. Managers are in a rough spot. They must make sure the business runs smoothly. But, if they are functioning only as a drill sergeant, that can be a problem.
Quite often I get letters from employees who say there are some strong personalities in their workplace and don’t know how to handle them. Finding ways to make them laugh is a good strategy. Laughter heals a lot of things. It can pull you out of a funky mood. And, let’s face it, it can just be plain old fun. Me personally, I want to laugh. I want to enjoy myself with other people around. I want my days to pass doing meaningful work and enjoying the people I work with. What about you? Do you want to laugh at work or just be serious? That is up to you. But, if you are open to change, look at the bigger picture. If your staff enjoys coming to work, they are less likely to jump ship. That alone helps morale. Don’t you owe it to your employees to embrace change and to create a more entertaining work environment?
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and share with me what you do to make it more fun at your workplace.